Terme Merano information
Bolzano-born Matteo Thun's dream commission – a modern redevelopment of the town's thermal baths – was reopened in 2005. It houses 13 indoor pools and various saunas within a massive glass cube; there's another 12 outdoor pools open in summer. Swim through the sluice and be met by a vision of palm-studded gardens and snow-topped mountains beyond.
Don't forget to bring or rent a towel. The front desk can give first-timers a rundown on the potentially baffling change-room routine; see the website for details of the excellent wellness treatments available upstairs.